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Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Services:  


Interlibrary Loan

What is Interlibrary Loan?

ILL is a library sharing system which allows students, faculty, and staff to borrow books and articles not owned by the USSOCOM Library.

ILL for books is only available for on-premises patrons. 


What is Document Delivery?

Document Delivery is for books, articles, and media owned by the USSOCOM Library. You can request:

  • Books, audiobooks, and DVDs to be pulled and placed on hold
  • Book chapter scans
  • Article scans

How do I make an ILL request?

Email the full citation to  

Copyright Notice

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


What can be borrowed through ILL?

Books and journal, newspaper, and magazine articles not owned by the USSOCOM Library. ILL for books is only available for on-premises patrons. 

What cannot be borrowed through ILL?

  • Textbooks
  • Reference materials
  • Whole journal issues
    • *Copyright restrictions prohibit borrowing more than one article from a single issue of a periodical published in the last 5 years*
  • Rare books, manuscripts, etc.
  • Audiovisual materials
  • Materials not available through traditional library databases such as some association publications, web-based articles, and industry standards. 

How long does it take?

​We will submit requests as quickly as possible, but plan ahead as it can take time for requests to be processed and filled by a lending library. This process can take a week or more.

Is there a cost?

The library will usually pay any associated costs. However, if we have exceeded our ILL budget for the fiscal year we will not be able to obtain any materials which will incur a charge.

How do I retrieve my ILL?

Library staff will email you when your requested material arrives. Books can be picked up at the Circulation Desk. Articles will be emailed to you directly.

How do I renew an ILL?

Checkout periods and renewals are determined by the lending library. Renewals must be requested at least 3 days before the due date in order to process the request in a timely manner and remain in good standing with the lending library.